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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:37 pm

Summer is a great time to land a job. Whether you seek employment to add to your college savings account or earn spending money (hopefully both), here are some tips to finding your perfect employment niche:

1. Determine what the goal of a job is. Are you looking only for monetary gain or are you trying to learn a new skill or trade? Analyze your skills and think about what assets you would be able to bring a company. Are you organized, friendly or good with children? You will be most successful in getting hired if you have skills that match up with the job description.

2. Network, network, network. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors to let them know your skill set and that you are looking for a job. Prepare a two-minute “elevator pitch” that efficiently describes your strengths, objective and why you would be the perfect candidate for a job. These connections are often the best way to get your foot in the door.

3. Research. Check your school, local colleges, community bulletin boards, the News-Sentinel and the Internet to see what student employment opportunities are available.

4. Go straight to the source. Make phone calls to see if companies that you are interested in are hiring. If they aren’t, ask about areas where you could volunteer to get your foot in the door for future opportunities.

5. Be your own boss. Think about babysitting, washing cars, doing yard work, tutoring, painting or using any other skill set that you have to earn extra cash.

Good luck!

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